Friday, February 24, 2012

Foreign Jewelry

I am really beginning to like challenges. Somehow they lead me into doing things I've wanted to do, but just haven't gotten around to. This week on Grungy Monday 37 Linda chose the theme of Tim Holtz Wearable Art. Love it. A couple of years ago I made a charm bracelet out of some charms, Idealogy pieces and parts, fragments and whatnots. But I wasn't careful and kind of haphazard about the whole thing. It needed to be re-done. What better time than this??? AND as an added bonus, this weeks' Simon Says Stamp and Show theme was London, Paris or New York. Did I mention the charm bracelet was about Paris?? See. It was fate, karma, kismet, whatever you want to call it...

I had some map stickers I had picked up along the way and cut those to fit the fragments. One is backed in silver, one in clear tape, and the other has a different picture applied to the "back" side of the fragment and which is covered in Glossy Accents. I wanted the piece to feel like it was put together over time, maybe even from a Paris Flee Market. After I put it all together I realized the Eiffel Tower was missing so I popped in a little charm along with some beads for color. The dress represents the good shopping in Paris. I used Tim's type charms for the letters, and from Helga at ArtChix I cut a tiny little "spoil me". Because really, who doesn't want to be spoiled at least once and a while?

When I first met my husband we took a trip to Paris, and it really was a trip of a life time. I had wanted to go back again for so long, and it was a perfect vacation. Beautiful city, romantic trip, good weather, great food, laughter, shopping; so the heart and the muse token that says Lifetime reference that experience.

And when not adorning my wrist, it happily lives on top of this little light on my dresser, adding a bit of, well, something to the atmosphere.


  1. Beautiful bracelet! Love all your charms, and the great way you display it when not wearing it.

  2. Your Paris bracelet is really cute! I love the little charms you've made ... from the typewriter keys to the fragment charms. clever to display it on top of a lamp when you're not proudly wearing it!! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  3. Hi, Sara! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I LOVE your charm bracelet - you did a fantastic job!! You should make more, I can only imagine what your other ones would look like!!

  4. Beautiful bracelet! Love the theme!

  5. Love your bracelet! You did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Ellen :)

  6. Your bracelet is lovely and such a great idea to remind you of a trip. I'd love to make a new York one for myself. Thank you for your comments on my calendar pages.


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